The West’s Foes, Foreign and Domestic

The West’s Foes, Foreign and Domestic, by Kevin Donnelly.

What makes Western culture unique and is it worthwhile defending? Given events, both foreign and domestic, the question is a vital one as the answer will determine whether countries like Australia survive and prosper — or whether, as we currently know them, they cease to exist. …

External threat:

Islam is not a religion of peace, and terrorist groups like ISIS, in addition to waging violent jihad against the West, are committed to establishing an Islamic caliphate where non-believers face conversion, subjugation or death. The mass migration of Muslims from the Middle East and Northern Africa to England and Europe also represents a clear and present danger to the liberties and freedoms central to the West’s way of life. Whether it is Islamic youth rioting in the suburbs of Paris, German women being physically and sexually accosted in Cologne and Hamburg during New Year, the incidence of female genital mutilation in England or the ever increasing incidence of rape in Sweden by Islamic men, the reality is that our way of life is under threat. …

Internal threat:

Western culture is also facing the enemy within. … Instead of acknowledging the strengths and benefits of a heritage dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, the Left rails against a culture it denigrates as eurocentric, misogynist, imperialistic, racist and rapaciously self-serving. … Beginning in the late 1960s and early ’70s, students on American campuses began to chant “Hey-hey, Ho-ho Western Civ has got to go”.

As the result of a rainbow alliance of cultural-left theories, including poststructuralism, deconstruction, post-colonialism, neo-Marxism, feminism and LGBTQI gender theory our universities are no longer committed to objectivity and the disinterested pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and truth. …

And the school curriculum is also being subverted by the cultural-left.  As noted by the National Curriculum Review that I co-chaired, whether history, civics, art, literature or music, the contribution made by Western culture is ignored in favour of indoctrinating students with the politically correct trinity of indigenous, Asian and environmental cross-curriculum priorities. …

Western science and technology has transformed human lives for the  better, lifting billions out of poverty. But somehow it failed to deliver political power to the lefties, so it too is damned.

Many on the cultural-left also argue that there is nothing superior or preferable about Western science, as it is only one science among many and cannot be considered privileged. Western science and technology, instead of improving the health and well being of millions across the globe, is condemned for polluting and destroying the planet. Ignored are the millions in the Third World who are healthier and better fed because of advances in agriculture and public health as a result of innovations and discoveries brought about by Western science, technology and medicine. …

Christianity is intrinsic to the west:

In what is an increasingly secular age, it is also important to recognise the historical and on-going significance of Christianity, especially that of the Catholic Church.  As detailed by Larry Siedentop in Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism, Christian concepts such as the sanctity of life, free will and all being equal in the eyes of God underpin Western legal and political systems.

hat-tip Stephen Neil